The Christmas books keep coming in! They Include: “Snowfall” by Shelley Shepard Gray, “An Amish Christmas Quilt” by Charlotte Hubbard, Kelly Long, and Jennifer Beckstrand, “An Island Christmas” by Nancy Thayer, “The 13th Gift” by Joanne Huist Smith.
John Grisham has a new “lawyer book” out; this one features Samantha Kofer, a Wall Street lawyer who gets downsized by the recession. As a result she takes a legal aid job in hopes she’ll get her old job back in one year. The small town she finds herself practicing in is full of many secrets; eventually she finds herself in the middle of deadly litigation. Read about it in “Gray Mountain”.
Talk show host Dick Cavett welcomed figures from film, movies, music, theater, comedy and literature to his show daily. He engaged in conversation many of the leading figures of his time all held in our living room. “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, And Assorted Hijinks” is his autobiography in which many some of those moments are relived.
The new Christmas novels are arriving daily at the library. Books include: “Christmas At Rose Hill Farm” by Suzanne Woods Fisher, “A Quilt For Christmas” by Sandra Dallas, “Winter Street” by Elin Hilderbrand, “The Christmas Light” by Donna VanLiere, “When The Snow Falls” by Fern Michaels, Nancy Bush, Rosanna Chiofalo, and Lin Stepp, “Choir Of Angels” by Debbie Macomber, “Our First Christmas” by Mary Burton, Mary Carter, and Cathy Lamb. These are only a few of the new Christmas books, more are coming in daily, including nonfiction.
“America Farm To Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers” is the latest offering from celebrity chef Mario Batali. Profiles of various farmers from throughout the United States are interspersed with recipes.
Coco Chanel is perhaps one of the most iconic fashion designer of her time. “Mademoiselle” by Rhonda K. Gare tells Chanel’s story and how she transformed the way women dressed. Raised in poverty, Chanel interwove the personal, political and professional to create her successful fashion entity.
“How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg shares some of the business secrets that helped make the company successful. It covers such topics as: “Lessons Learned”, “Culture”, “Strategy”, “Talent”, “Decisions”, “Communication” and “Innovation”. The authors emphasize that in the present business climate, companies should hire “smart-creative” people and give them the atmosphere to thrive.
Aviation history enthusiasts might enjoy “An Illustrated Guide To Bombers Of World Wars I And II” by Francis Crosby. The book contains a directory of bombers from 1914 through the time of the atomic raids. There are many photos to help identify the planes from all over the world, not just the United States.
Readers with an interest in the genre of science fiction /fantasy might find “Indistinguishable Magic” by Catherynne M. Valente of interest. The book contains more than 60 essays in which the author shares observations and insights about fairy tales and myths, pop culture, gender and race issues and more.
“Oodles Of Crochet 40+ Patterns From Hats, Jackets, Bags, And Scarves To Potholders Pillows, Rugs and Throws” by Wincent & Paula Hammerskog contains patterns for every type of project. In addition, they pay homage to the classic granny square!
“The Innocent Killer” by Michael Griesbach is a story of local interest. It is the story of Steven Avery, the man who was released as a result of a wrongful conviction, only to be convicted of murder on a later date. The book displays the inner workings of the criminal justice system and how it affects the lives of those in it. Griesbach is still a prosecuting attorney in Manitowoc County.
Just in time for Halloween is the Kay Hooper (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit) novel, “Haunted”. The book takes place in the small Georgia town of Sociable where Melanie James finds herself in the middle of a paranormal nightmare and murder. Trinity Nichols, a local law enforcement agent and FBI agents must work together to solve a series of disturbances that will change their small town.
Fans of Science Fiction will be glad to hear that Kim Harrison has completed the final book in the “Hollows Series”. “The Witch With No Name” is the end result of ten years and thirteen adventures. During that time Rachel Morgan has come a long way; she’s faced vampire, werewolves, banshees, witches and soul-eating demons. In this, her final adventure, she must risk everything to save the soul of her best friend Ivy.
Liane Moriarty’s (The Husband’s Secret) latest book follows the lives of three women, each at a crossroad. “Big Little Lies” features Madeline, Celeste and Jane, all three are mothers with children who must navigate lives that contain husbands, second wives, sons, daughters and schoolyard scandal.
“City Of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, And The Search For Truth In Tehran” by Ramita Navai takes the reader up and down Vali Asr Street, Tehran’s main thoroughfare. Navai gives voice to several Iranians who contradict their societies’ norms in order to survive. The extraordinary lives are those of a porn star, an aging socialite, the assassin, the enemy of the state who works for the Republic, a housewife who files for divorce and an old-time thug who runs a gambling den. See how people survive in the light of contradictions.
“Blaze Orange: Whitetail Deer Hunting In Wisconsin” by Travis Dewitz is published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. The book tells the story, mainly through photos, the tradition of deer hunting in Wisconsin. Dewitz rides along with hunters, game wardens, owners of bars, mom-and –pop stores, taxidermists, butchers and sausage makers.
“Never Turn Your Back On An Angus Cow: My life As A Country Vet” by Jan Pol gives us a vets-eye view of the of the world of animals. The old school vet will share unexpected adventures faced by animals and their people. Pol is the star of the National Geographic TV Series “The Incredible Dr. Pol”.
“The Way Forward” by Paul Ryan outlines his political vision of conservatism for our nation. The congressman from Wisconsin examines the state of the Republican Party and its challenges in going forward. He also includes his personal story, from his childhood in Janesville to his tenure in Washington.
“Little One-Yard Wonders” by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins contains patterns for clothes, toys and accessories that can be made for babies and children with one yard of fabric. The instructions and patterns are given for 101 sewing projects. This is the book to check out if you want to make a one of a kind gift.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips (“The Great Escape”, “Call Me Irresistible”, “What I Did For Love”, “Glitter Baby”) has a new offering. “Heroes Are My Weakness” features Anne Hewitt, a down–on-her-luck actress who has resorted to doing puppet shows as a means of support. When a snowstorm strands her on Peregrine Island with her suitcase of puppets and romance novel, she runs into the man at Harp House. He was the man who betrayed her as a teenager; the man who she doesn’t know if she can forgive.
Sarah Loudin Thomas is an author new to our library. “Miracle In A Dry Season” is set in West Virginia in 1954. Perla Long moves to the town of Wise, where she hopes to go unnoticed, hiding the mistakes of her past. When a drought hits the town, she is drawn into the turmoil. Casewell Phillips, resigned himself to the life of a bachelor…until he met Perla.
When Sarah Green’s gambling-addict husband dies and leaves her penniless to raise their two children, she finds herself seeking firm financial footing. She finds herself dating an accountant and working at a non-emergency crime help line. But when her aunt suddenly dies, leaving Sarah her once famous lingerie shop, she decides to try to make a go of it. Her choices stir up her once quiet life. Read about it in “The Best Supporting Role” by Sue Margolis ( “Coming Clean”, “A Catered Affair”, “Forget Me Knot”).